Sarasota, FL-based CyberQuest Group Inc. said it has
acquired an e-commerce shopping mall and related assets from The Outlet Mall
Network Inc. in a stock and options deal valued at $1.03 million.
The site, located at www.theoutletmall.com, features more
than 70 online stores selling
primarily name brand merchandise shipped factory direct to consumers.
Mark E. Gray, president/CEO of CyberQuest Group, said the purchase comes
complete with quality, brand name merchandising relationships that give the
online mall a “unique marketing position online.”
The Outlet Mall Network stated that the Web mall generates gross profit
margins “in excess of 41 percent” compared to the average run of the mill
gross margins of only 1 to 3 percent. The site generated over 1.7 million
hits in the last
half of 1998, Outlet Mall said.
Gray said the company plans to expand the existing site as well as spin off
speciality sites including one devoted to gourmet cooking and wine.
“In considering this acquisition,” said Eric Piper, vice president of business
development for CyberQuest, “what we liked most about the online mall was the
variety of brands available, ease of shopping and the ‘product of the day’
specials, which bring shoppers back to the site on a regular basis.”
The CyberQuest Group Inc. is a Web development company specializing in
e-commerce applications. The company offers advanced Web services,
Web hosting, database hosting and media server hosting. CyberQuest also
provides a full range of application tools, including secure transaction
services, e-mail, chat room and home page support for client applications.